Even in the roughest of conditions, life finds a way to survive- as evidenced by the cactus! This beautiful desert plant has saved many lives of both humans and animals with its amazing water storage abilities. Rather than leaves, a cactus has spines, reserving all of its water in a viscous gel form in the stem. Cacti can survive long periods without rain because their extensive, long root systems extract water from the soil. Some cactus flowers open only in the daylight, others just at sunset, to attract insects and hummingbirds for pollination. (source) To celebrate cacti and all their beauty, we searched Instagram for this lovely collection of cactus flowers and prickly stems.[see_also]
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